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lehigh river and the northeast extension reopens to traffic after a deadly accident. plus, the big story on "action news" tonight is the latest information on that hill road fire in west caln township chester county. authorities are report throwing people were killed in the blaze. the fire broke out at 12:07 in the 300 block of hill road. "action news" reporter chad pradelli is live at the scene of the blaze. chad. >> reporter: jim, we're up the hill from where this fire started. it was a double wide mobile home that caught fire. this blaze destroyed that home. three women died like you said and this is still very much an active scene as the fire marshal's office is here determining cause. this is what's left of the west caln home that caught fire around noon a shell of charred wood and siding. it's where three women lost their lives trapped by the smoke and flames. authorities say relatives had gathered at the house after another family member passed
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away yesterday. seven people were inside including two children. adults rushed in to save them but couldn't save the deceased. >> it's too bad really. it's hard to see that in the neighborhood. >> there were attempt to rescue the individuals. like i said the chester county fire marshal and the state police are investigating. >> reporter: grieving relatives embraced as firefighters cleaned up. officials say strong winds extended the fire into the nearby woods but it was quickly contained. one firefighter suffered heat exhaustion battling the blaze. he's going to be okay. the grieving family of the deceased likely will not for some time. >> we'll definitely be praying for the loved ones and the families that are alive and have to endure this tragedy. >> reporter: and the names of the disease disease have had not yet been released. autopsies are expected tonight and this investigation is still very much ongoing.
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live in west caln township, chad pradelli channel6 "action news. jim. >> thank you clad. we have breaking news along the northeast extension in salford, montgomery county. chopper 6hd is over the scene of an accident where a vehicle lost control and flipped into the southbound lanes. the accident happened between quakertown and lansdale exit. the medical helicopter flew one driver to the hospital. all southbound lanes have just reopened. meanwhile a deadly accident on the extension in lower macungie township slowed the start of the evening commute. two trucks collided in the lehigh valley. police say traffic was at a standstill because of construction. that's when a box truck rear-ended a tractor-trailer. the driver of the box truck was killed. all northbound lanes reopened to traffic at 5 o'clock. in philadelphia, a two-year-old boy is okay tonight, that after having to
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be rescued from a rooftop in frankford this afternoon. "action news" reporter sarah bloomquist is live in the 4700 block of leaper street tonight. sarah. >> reporter: well, jim the investigators are back out here at 4741 leaper late this afternoon going inside the home trying to get a better idea as to what was going on here. earlier this afternoon neighbors were standing here on the sidewalk, they looked way, way up there to the third floor and saw a two-year-old boy up on the rooftop wearing only his diaper. he climbed out that open third story window right onto the roof. neighbors grabbed their cell phones and recorded the rescue that followed and we've just obtained this better video than we showed you earlier today. you can see the toddler up on the sloped third story. he would stand up walk around a bit even approaching the edge of the roof. neighbors were screaming for the child to sit down. firefighters arrived on the scene and put a ladder up to the roof and to everyone's horror the toddler reached out to try to grab it. just then another firefighter pulled the boy back inside
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through that opened third floor window to safety. david durant captured that cell phone video and he talked to us about how this all played out. >> i seen him outside on the roof with the window up. everybody is yelling telling him to stay back, you know stay in place, you know everything will be okay. >> reporter: tell me about when the firefighters put the ladder up there. >> the baby was reaching out for the ladder. that was the scariest part about it, him reaching out to it and everybody thinking he's going fall. >> reporter: now the daring child and another toddler were taken out of the home by police. they appeared to be just fine but went to saint christopher's to get checked out. police tell us both boys live here with their mothers. both moms were taken away in handcuffs for questioning at the special victims unit. sources say they left the kids unattended. a neighbor told us they were hanging out next door while this was all unfolding. police will now be deciding whether or not charges should be filed. live in frankford i'm sarah bloomquist, channel6 "action
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news". jim. >> thank you sarah. we have developing news now. four of five wildfires are 100 percent contained but the blazes have scorched about 80 acres in pemberton township burlington county. in white fog village in pemberton township is john rawlins. john what is the latest there. >> reporter: jim, this is the command post of the firefighters, the latest came about four minutes ago that fifth fire has been declared contained and that's good news there. all five fires have been contained. it's been a long fight for some of the folks on the fire line today. they've been here since 4 a.m. >> things are running down we're starting to get it mopped up. we called the fires a hundred percent contained. >> reporter: at the peek five wild fares raged a few miles from one another. both aircraft and ground crews battled the flames that burned more than 80 acres. to slow the advance firefighters using gasoline
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set back fires, smaller control fires. the idea behind using a backfire is to deprive the main fire of its fuel. the goal to stall and contain the wildfire. authorities concluded the five fires were deliberately set in part because two smaller fires were discovered and extinguished earlier and the five bigger fires started during the relatively damp overnight hours. >> the fact that they were all close in proximity, they were all close being lit at the same time, there was no natural causes, no camp fires. we didn't have any lightning we don't have any wires down. >> reporter: well, police continued to investigate this fire -- these fires. all five of the fires have been declared contained. day crews are being rotated off. night crews will be coming on. they'll watch the situation tonight and put out any hot spots. jim, the hope is this will be a much quieter night tonight for all firefighters. live in pemberton township, john rawlins, channel6 "action news."
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>> one hopes. thank you john. let's switch live to meteorologist cecily tynan at the big board. cecily, what kinds of warnings are authorities posting to lower the chance of these blazes. >> we have red flag warnings posted for our entire viewing area until 8 o'clock tonight. once the sun sets the risk of fires will diminish. the problem is we've got low humidity, loads of sunshine, it's warm and we haven't had a good soaking rain in the past two weeks. so, what you need to do is be very careful with outdoor fires. good idea not to light any. also do not toss a cigarette butt out your window. be very careful with cigarettes. limit off-road driving and if you do see any brush fires report them immediately because they can spread very quickly. the problem is this weather. 85 degrees today 15 degrees above normal. the warmest in seven months. i'm tracking more heat on the way as well as some storms. i'll have details in the accuweather forecast. jim. >> thank you, cecily.
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don't forget you can always find the updated forecasts weather warnings and live storm tracker six radar at the allentown mother accused of throwing her baby into the lehigh river has been charged with attempted homicide. police say 19-year-old johnesha perry pushed her one-year-old son offer the hamilton street bridge yesterday and then she jumped in herself. the boy was swept 700 yards downstream before being rescued and revived by two police officers. the child is in critical condition. two former political allies of new jersey governor chris christie entered not guilty pleas in federal court today. bridget ann kelly and bill baroni were indicted friday for allegedly taking part in a politically motivated lane closings at the george washington bridge two years ago. kelly was christie's deputy chief of staff. baroni was the governor's top app pointy at the port authority of new york and new
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jersey. bail for both was set at $150,000. trial is scheduled for july. in the wake of the bridge scandal indictments governor christie's job approval rating has dropped to an all time low. 35 percent of new jersey residents approve of the work christie is doing in the state. that according to the monmouth university poll. 54 percent disapprove. just 34 percent think christie was not personally involved in bridgegate. 50 percent of those polled believe the governor was involved. we've had thin in the works for about 15 years. today officials in camden county broke grounder on the new gloucester city middle school. a number of students and officials were on hand for the ceremony including lieutenant governor kim guadagno. the school will serve students in grades four through eight. it's expected to open by september 17th. coming up on "action news" tonight t-the candidates for philadelphia mayor field
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questions from the younger set today. and a post draft breakdown of the eagles acquisitions. ducis rodgers with more on that coming up. cecily tynan back with the seven day accuweather forecast when "action news" continues in just a moment. woman: i was tired of my chronic constipation and the way it made me feel the discomfort the bloating the straining. i'd just felt this way for too long. so i finally talked to my doctor about my symptoms. i'd tried laxatives before. he prescribed amitiza (lubiprostone) for my chronic constipation. it works differently than laxatives. man: amitiza is clinically shown to
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gray's death. they have come up with solutions including making sure departments use body cameras and assisting minority recruiting. 33 may be too young to vote but they're not too young to learn. philadelphia's school children got a chance to get an up close look at the mayoral candidates today and what those candidates think about the issues. "action news" reporter katherine scott was there. >> reporter: wants to be mayor one day. at 11 years old she already knows the focus her platform will be the next generation. >> help younger people come to be what they want to be and not let nobody push them around. >> reporter: today it was the philadelphia democratic mayoral candidates can come to share their platform as they answer some tough questions and those questions came from elementary school students. >> i think they were a little nervous. i just want. >> reporter: rendell lefted the forum which took place at
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district headquarters. five of the democratic candidates attended. the republican candidate is running opposed and will be invited to an event at a later date. students were looking to hear more about the issues important to them. >> housing, financial issues, homelessness people need more um, shelters. >> reporter: the questions and the answers were streamed to classrooms across the city. the goal here is to plant the seeds for civic engagement so students are more like to vote and more likely to get involved. >> young people today don't get taught enough about the way government operates. by the time they're out of high school they have no inter. >> we want children to be a part, number one, to understand the the process but number two to be a part of the solution, be a part of their community. >> reporter: the idea is to develop an interin the issues and the process early. after all these kids aren't voter now but they will be one day. >> talk about government, they see it in operation if they can partake in it, they're going to be good citizens. >> reporter: in spring garden, katherine scott
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channel6 "action news." >> and the democratic candidates will gather again tomorrow for a live debate right here on channel six. the commercial free broadcast begins at 7:00. we'll also stream it live on and we want you to join the action by sending us questions that you want to ask. just e-mail us at join the action at you can also use the social media hashtag 6abc action or you can use the form on >> ♪♪
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>> now that the draft is over the coach has some hurt feelings to massage a little. >> some players that might have been like what was going on on draft night. chip kelly said he had to talk with some players to let them know he was not trying to trade them away. perhaps the first on his list was his projected starting quarterback sam bradford. recently acquired bradford was rumored to have been offered
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to tennessee in a package to get the number two overall pick. subsequently another quarterback marcus mariota. thursday night coach kelly disputed those reports. it's an awkward situation. herm edwards says coach kelly may have to do some fence mending. >> sam bradford, you're sitting there listening to all of this. make the trade you come to philly and you go i'm going to be here then all of a sudden in the back of your mind you're going well they're trying to get this mariota fella. so, i guess i'm the guy, right? so, i think you got to have a conversation with him and say going forward look that's the business part of it. you've been in this league long enough, you know how that works. >> we wouldn't have traded for him if we didn't fit into what our vision was going to do. we still need to see him out in the field. >> there was a feeding frenzy after the draft with all 32 nfl teams trying to sign the best players who went undrafted. a local player from a small division three school got a
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call. check out delaware valley university rasheed bailey as he learned the eagles wanted to sign him to a rookie free agent contract. bailey joins the team he grew up watching and rooting for. the roxborough high school graduate set a ton of receiving reds at delaware valley. his he's 6-foot two 205 pounds. he said hearing the eagles on the other side of that phone was a dream come true. >> to get that call and to finally hear an nfl coach saying welcome an board i mean, that's a kid's dream and to feel that feeling and shed a couple tears and being with my family and the god i love. >> what do you have to be successful towel to make the eagles 53 man roster. >> the biggest thing is mentally getting ready for this game. i believe that the game is 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical. so, once i get the mental aspect of this game down pat i
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believe the sky is the limit for me. >> good luck to him. phillies begin a three game series in atlanta tonight. no ryan howard in the lineup despite his two hit two rbi game yesterday. the braves are throwing a lefty out there. perhaps chase utley could use a day off. he's in the lineup batting third. it is batting just .108. the worst average in the league. utley has two hits in the last six games with 31 at bats. >> try to figure that one out. cecily tynan with the accuweather forecast when we continue in just a minute.
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there's over two hundred thousand students in philadelphia. jim kenney and tony williams are fighting over public schools versus charters. i think they're both's making sure they all get a good education.
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teachers should have their contracts respected. they also should be held accountable. and it's wrong philadelphia gets less school funding than other parts of pennsylvania. i'll work with harrisburg to change that. but if they refuse i'll take them to federal court. as mayor i'll do what's right for them.
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>> heavy smoke and flames are still coming through the roof of a fire of a house in the 200 block of ken watt lane in springfield township delaware county tonight. chopper 6hd a overhead. there are no reports of any injuries. we don't know how this fire started. but as we were saying, at the beginning of the newscast with those brush fires and wildfires in burlington county, that the weather situation right now is just prime for these kinds of fires erupting. there is dry timber all over the place. >> exactly. >> red glad warnings in effect, low humidity, high temperatures and the fact that we really haven't had a good rain in two weeks definitely adding to that so you want to be careful with any open fires grilling cigarettes. storm tracker six live double scan showing yes, we are dry out there. no rain. we do have an opportunity for
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some showers tomorrow afternoon with a cold front. just blue skies and we are live on sky six taking a look. in cape may, new jersey, where that sea breeze has kicked up knocked the temperatures down into the 60's right now. loads of sunshine but this kind of weather certainly makes you think of summer because it felt like summer today. the accuweather highlights show you that we have a summer feeling even though it's only may and i am track something scattered storms that will move in tomorrow afternoon. highs today, though, 15 degrees above normal. philadelphia 85, the same in allentown, trenton 83, wilmington 84 the boardwalk in atlantic city little bit cooler were this wind off the ocean, 77 degrees. tomorrow afternoon i'm tracking a cold front that will begin to push in and future tracker showing around 5 o'clock you can see a broken line of some storms. it doesn't look like these will be severe, not a lot of upper level support for that but we could have a few strong thunderstorms as the whole system moves through and that will cool us off slightly for
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the middle of the week. right now though it's still warm. 83 degrees in philadelphia, 81 in millville and trenton and wilmington, 82 in reading. you can see with that sea breeze kicking in the boardwalk in atlantic city and sea isle city currently 65 degrees. a lot cooler there. satellite6 along with action radar showing loads of sunshine here. that's the cold front that will move through tomorrow afternoon. not a lot of moisture with this system but it will cause a wind shift on wednesday with temperatures dropping back into the 70's. still warm but not quite as warm as today. so tonight patchy clouds on the mild side, 62 degrees in philadelphia. allentown 58. millville 56 wilmington 59 and trenton 60 degrees. high pressure will touchdown to the south tomorrow. with this cold front moving in, we will see some afternoon thunderstorms but ahead of that partly sunny and another warm day. temperatures likely will match today's high of 85 degrees. the warmest weather so far this year. and then on wednesday that front will be south of us.
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that means it will be a little bit cooler, 74 degrees, so still that's above average but a possibility of a few spotty thundershowers with that front close enough to us but then the high pressure moves off the eastern seaboard and that will bring us a return to 80's and temperatures warming up right through the end of the week into the weekend. so, the exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast, warm tomorrow, 85 degrees. some afternoon thunderstorms. wednesday an isolated thundershower. otherwise mostly dry, partly sunny, 74. and thursday the sunshine back, so to the 80's, 80 degrees. friday we warm up to 83 degrees. saturday 85. so, great weather for the aberdeen dad vail regatta and then monday -- or sunday, i don't want to skip sunday, mother's day we've got the summer heat. likely even warmer than today 87 degrees could have a pop-up thunderstorm and monday the 80's will stick around but not quite as warm with a high of 82 degrees. and i will have an update on tomorrow's storms coming up on
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"action news" tonight at 10:00. >> abc's world news tonight with david muir is next. "action news" continues at 10:00 on phl17 and please join us for a special consumer report at 11:00 here on channel six and here's a preview. >> i'm nydia han. sick of getting annoying robo calls. signing up on the do not call list is a start but doesn't always help. and while there are ways to get robo calls to stop many people don't know about them. so i'm unlocking secrets to blocking robo calls tonight on channel6 "action news" at 11:00. >> and for cecily tynan, ducis rodgers and the entire "action news" team i'm jim gardner. we hope you'll join us at 11:00. >> ♪♪
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breaking developments. the fbi on the scene after the terror in texas. two gunmen with assault rifles killed by police after opening fire. and we have exclusive reporting tonight. the conversation with the alleged gunmen in the days before it all unfolded. also, from baltimore late today, the moments of chaos the gun that went off. police and protesters rushing in. the rescue. the backed double decker bus erupting into flames. the heroes who jump into action. the mystery in the sky. the former student pilot accused of stealing a plane. you will hear the audio, trying to get him to land. and, fighting back. for the first time tonight, see fee ya vergara, breaking her silence. in her own words on her former fiance the battle over their frozen embryos, and on her new life. and may the 4th be with you. the new "sta


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